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Osa Golf Update

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Osa Golf Update

We met with one of the new administrators and have an Osa Golf Update for our readers. We recently spent over an hour with one of the three new administrators of the only golf course in the southern pacific zone. It used to be called San Buenas Golf Resort but now it is called Osa Golf Course. The time we spent with George was productive and we are extremely optimistic about golfing in the Osa region.

Osa Golf Update Plans for Low Season 2019

According to George, the course will have several significant changes from the previous administration of the golf course. Below are some of the most important and relevant changes about the Osa Golf Update:

1. Open to public seven days a week. Previously the golf course was only open six days a week. In theory the course was always open to the public, although it was never officially known. The new owners have made it clear that YES! the course is open to EVERYBODY who wants to play.

2. More affordable to play. The new price to play a round of golf at Osa Golf Course, for the low season 2019, has been decreased from $60 to only $25. In addition, all-day passes can be purchased for $40 per day. For golfers who want to rent an electric golf cart those are available for only $15 per person. These prices are for the low (rainy) season 2019. Prices will increase in late 2019 or early 2020 for the high-season. The exact pricing for the upcoming high-season is not yet known or published.

Other Changes and Information for Osa Golf Update

New Signage in Osa Region

New management will start to aggressively promote Osa Golf Course. Per my earlier blog post, I always felt that the course has been under-promoted. Some of the newly planned promotion of Osa Golf Course includes more, and new, signage from Quepos to Palmar Norte. In fact, yesterday, August 20, I saw one of the new signs put up on the Costanera Highway between Palmar Norte and Osa Golf Course. It is our understanding there will multiple signs on the Costanera Highway promoting the golf course.

New Scorecards

New Osa Golf Course scorecards will be designed and handed out throughout the zone.

New Signage on the Golf Course

We were shown one of the new custom made tee box maps. Each hole has their own custom made signage.

What Stays the Same at Osa Golf Course

Osa Golf Course will keep using the existing office and golf cart storage area.


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Osa Golf Course is New Name

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Osa Golf is the New Name of San Buenas Golf Course

Osa Golf Course is the new name of what used to be known as San Buenas Golf Course in the San Buenas Golf Resort. The reason for the name change is that the golf course is under new management. The real estate development itself is still owned and operated primarily by Robert Frazier and the development is keeping its name of San Buenas Golf Resort (I think).

We are still managing a condominium that is available for vacation rental at the development however. Neither Osa Property Management nor the owners of the condo, have received all the details yet.

New Management Team at Osa Golf

As I understand it today, the new management team consists of three investors. They are an investor who also owns a condominium unit at the resort, an outside investor and the current Osa Golf Course Superintendent. The three of them all have a vested financial interested in the success of the golf course.

My Thoughts on the 'Old Course'

San Buenas Golf Resort is a beautifully designed course with plenty of challenging holes to play. In fact, I've 'donated' (translated = lost) several dozen golf balls while playing the course throughout the years.

I've known a variety of people involved with the golf course throughout the years. I believe that they are great builders and operators. Where their skill set was lacking, in my opinion, was in the marketing and the promotion of the course. Up to a couple of years ago, the course was always in pristine condition. It was beautiful to play and to enjoy, but few people seemed to know more than the general idea of where it was actually located. I also felt the pricing was prohibitive and out of line for a nine-hole course. Keep in mind, this is not a Par-3 course of nine holes, it  is a world-class designed course.  However, I believe to attract customers and new players in the area, pricing should always be evaluated and adjusted as needed. I felt the last couple of years it really seemed to lose its energy. Collectively, all of these issues meant that there was never too many players on the course. That's great if you like to golf, but it is an unsustainable business model.

There are several reasons for this but suffice to say that the current management team was simply tired and run down in my opinion.

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Osa Golf Course is the new name of San Buenas Golf Resort.

My Expectations on the 'New Course'

I am very excited and optimistic about the new operational and ownership structure of the golf course. We are still learning more about some of the proposed ideas and improvements, but there is a rekindled passion being put forth. As many of you already know, I own 150 acres immediately adjacent to San Buenas Golf Resort (Villas San Buenas). It has always been my hope that the course would increase marketing and promote the region a bit more. That would be a true 'win-win' for everyone in the community. The successes of Osa Golf Course and of Villas San Buenas, with its 100+ lots, can benefit each other.

One advantage of the new management is that they are focused exclusively on the golf course and the customer experience. They will not have the responsibility or the distractions associated with the development of the real estate. As a developer of 150 acres, I can tell you there are many things that can distract you. The people involved at Osa Golf live full-time in, or near, Osa Golf Course. This proximity allows them to work, to see and to experience the course daily.  They have a truly financial and time interest in the success of the golf course. That investment increases the likelihood of success. I look forward to hopefully working with them to see if there's anything us neighbors can do to help each other.

I wish the new management team of Osa Golf Course wonderful success!!

Sincerely,

Nick Halverson

August 15, 2019

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Golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort

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Golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort

Below is a video that we recently took of Nick Halverson and Abigail Vargas golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort with some clients of ours. Golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort is a great activity to enjoy regardless of skill level.

This particular afternoon, the group made a last-minute decision to go golfing late in the afternoon. They quickly gathered up their clubs, headed down to pick up the cart, and jumped on the links at about 4 pm. One advantage of golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort is that with their membership program, and for those renters who rent the condominium we manage, clients can enjoy unlimited free golf.  That's correct - unlimited FREE GOLF during your vacation in Costa Rica.

San Buenas Golf Resort is the only golf course in Costa Rica's Osa region. In fact, it is the only golf course between the country of Panama and Jaco. Here is more information about the golf course at San Buenas Golf Resort. Don't worry about packing your golf clubs, they have plenty of sets for rent. Guests don't need to pack any special gear as golf balls, golf tees and other supplies are readily available for purchase. Additionally, electric golf carts are available for rent.

We recommend during the summer months of Costa Rica (December - March) to golf at first daybreak or at the end of the day. Golfing in Costa Rica during mid-day can be very hot, as the sun will be directly above the earth. However, if one is used to weather in Florida during the day, then golfing at San Buenas Golf Resort will be just like golfing at home.

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